Thursday, December 1, 2011

Underground Comix

Underground Comix:

Patrick Rosenkranz is a scholar of the 1960s and 70s underground comix writing about comix since 1969.

Bolts of lightning melt sand and forms glass ⇨ Fulgurites

Glass from a lightning bolt in the sky: FULGURITES

Fulgurites @ home
When lightning strikes sandy ground, the sand is molten to form a hollow tube called a fulgurite. I always wanted to find one, but as you can imagine, chances are very low.

But wait a minute - I can make my own lightning! Well, I don't have a surge generator able to produce voltage and energy suitable for melting sand, but using my 4 MOT power supply I can draw a hot arc...

Image by ficusdesk via Flickr

Nicolas Cage's Superman Comic Nets Record $2.1 Million at Auction - Hollywood Reporter

Nicolas Cage's Superman Comic Nets Record $2.1 Million at Auction - Hollywood Reporter:
Nicolas Cage

"Nicolas Cage’s nearly-pristine copy of Action Comics No. 1 featuring the first appearance of Superman sold for a record $2,161,000 in an online auction that ended Wednesday.

Nicolas Cage 'Vampire' Photo For Sale on eBay

Nic Cage’s Stolen Superman Comic Poised to Break Auction Record. It is the first comic to sell for more than $2 million at auction. The previous record was $1.5 million for a less well-preserved copy of Action Comics No. 1 s"

- Criticism for His Bizarre Spending Habits: Cage owns a Caribbean island, a dinosaur skull (which he won in a bidding war against Leonardo DiCapriO), 30 to 50 cars, a zoo full of exotic pets, shrunken heads, jewelry, and his 15 homes. In 1997, Cage broke the auction record for Lamborghinis when he placed a $490,000 bid on a rare Miura SVJ. "There’s a cluelessness,” someone who once worked with him tells The Daily Beast. “He’s been wealthy since he was 17 years old, and so he’s very removed from normal decision-making."
- Foreclosure: Cage lost two of his homes in New Orleans, one in Bel Air (once owned by Dean Martin and Tom Jones) and another in Las Vegas. 
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